Today there are more than 130 vacancies throughout our federal district and appellate courts, and many of these vacancies have become “judicial emergencies” – lasting longer than 18 months and having more than 500 judicial filings per panel.
Senators who refuse to give honest consideration to qualified judicial nominees, forcing their fellow Americans to be judged by courts that are badly overwhelmed. Indiana is currently in a judicial emergency, with two nominees waiting to be confirmed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin).
Amy Coney Barrett
- Barrett is a resident of South Bend, IN, and both an alumna and professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she holds a prestigious Research Chair in Law.
- Barrett has held two significant clerkships: Laurence Silberman at the D.C. Court of Appeals, and for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Early in her career, Barrett was a member of the legal team in Bush v. Gore.
- Barrett was nominated on May 8, 2017 for a seat that has been vacant since February 18, 2015. Her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been scheduled for September 6, 2017.
Michael B. Brennan
- Brennan, a Milwaukee resident, has proven himself a dedicated public servant of Wisconsinites, serving for 9 years as a Judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, presiding over civil cases.
- Additionally, Brennan has served as the Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County.
- Brennan has previous experience with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, having clerked for Daniel Manion in the Court early in his career.
- Judge Brennan was nominated on August 3, 2017, for a seat that has been vacant since January 7, 2010. No hearing has yet been scheduled.
Tell Senator Donnelly to end this judicial emergency and confirm these nominees now!
Call Joe Donnelly at (317) 226-5555.